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Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Delicious Mexican chicken soup with fire roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapeno and black beans, topped with avocado, sour cream, onion, tortilla strips and fresh coriander. Perfect for taco lovers who would like to get some variation!

This soup represents the fusion of the Pre-hispanic and the Spanish cultures. Although this exact origin of chicken tortilla soup (Sopa Aztea de Tortilla) is unknown, it is believed that it comes from the Mexico City area of Mexico. Today it is one of the most representative dishes of Mexican food outside of Mexico.

This soup is easy to make and tastes delicious. Here is how I make it:

Cooking chicken for Chicken Tortilla Soup

1. Set the stove to medium heat. Add about 6 chicken thighs (whole) into a large pot and pour 4 cups of low sodium chicken stock and 2 cups of water over the chicken. Add 1 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper and 1 tsp. salt. Bring to boil on medium heat. Let it boil heavily for two-three minutes, then reduce the heat to low and set a timer for 60 minutes.

Onion, garlic and jalapeno for chicken tortilla soup

2. Chop one onion (white or unsweet yellow), two jalapeño peppers, and crush about 8 garlic cloves (should be two tablespoons when crushed).

Saute onion, garlic, jalapeno for chicken tortilla soup

3. Heat 1 tbsp. of canola or avocado oil in a separate pot and sauté the chopped onion for a few minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and chopped jalapeño peppers and sauté for another minute.

4. Add one 10 oz. can of tomatoes with green chillies and one 15 oz. can of fire roasted diced tomatoes to the onion. Cook for 10 minutes.

Adding tomatoes to Chicken tortilla soup

5. Add the onion/tomato mix into the chicken soup. Also add 2 cans of black beans and 3 tbsp. of tomato paste.

Tomato Paste and Beans added for chicken tortilla soup
Chicken tortilla soup almost done

Baking tortilla strips for chicken tortilla soup

6. Set the oven to 400F degrees. Cut two corn tortillas (corn or wheat) into 1 1/2 inch strips and spread them on out on a baking sheet. Bake until they turn light golden brown in color. (This photo is from before they got baked).

It is common to fry the tortilla strips, I prefer baking them since it makes it a little healthier.

Toppings to ladle on chicken tortilla soup

7. Prepare the other toppings:

- Cut one large avocado into bite size pieces,

- chop 1/4 red onion

- sour cream

- about 1/2 cup of fresh coriander

- the baked tortilla strips

- shredded cheese (optional)

Shredding chicken for chicken tortilla soup

8. When the 60 minute timer goes off, remove the chicken thighs from the soup and shred them using two forks.

9. Mix three tbsp. of cornstarch with a little water and stir until smooth. Add to the soup and stir to combine. Add the shredded chicken back into the soup and let simmer for two minutes.

Corn starch for chicken tortilla soup
Adding shredded chicken back into chicken tortilla soup

10. Just before serving add 2 tbsp. lime juice to the soup. Stir to combine then taste the soup to see if more lime or salt is needed. My family like it spicy and sometimes the jalapeño peppers are not strong enough. If it does not taste spicy enough I add a little bit cayenne pepper (less than 1/4 tsp.).


Chicken tortilla soup

Here is what you need to make Chicken Tortilla Soup


6 chicken thighs (boneless, skinless)

4 cups low sodium chicken stock

2 cups water

1 ½ tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. salt and

½ tsp. pepper

1 tbsp. canola, avocado or olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 tbsp. minced garlic

2 finely chopped jalapeno peppers

1 10 oz. can tomatoes and green chilies

1 15 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes

2 cans black beans

3 tbsp. tomato paste

3 tbsp. corn starch

1to 2 limes (2-3 tbsp. lime juice)

1/2 cup coriander leaves

Salt and Pepper to taste


Sour Cream

2 tortillas, sliced into 1 ½ inch strips and roasted in the oven until crisp

¼ red onion, finely chopped

1 large avocado, cubed

Shredded Monterey Jack cheese (optional)


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